Man shot dead by motorcyclist in road rage incident on I-5

A man was shot and killed in road rage incident on I-5 near Milton Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (KOMO News/Air 4)

MILTON, Wash. -- A 60-year-old man was shot to death Thursday afternoon in an apparent road rage incident on southbound Interstate 5 near the King-Pierce County line.

A 24-year-old woman on a blue 2008 Yamaha motorcycle and the man who was driving a silver 2016 SUV got into some sort of dispute just before 5:00 p.m.

Both pulled over to the left inside lane and the argument continued, leading to a physical fight, according to State Patrol.

The two were on the ground fighting when the woman pulled out a gun and shot the man, the State Patrol said.

The man's 57-year-old wife was a passenger in the SUV. She was not injured.

The motorcyclist called 911 and remained at the scene.

Medics arrived and tried to treat the man, but he died at the scene. The motorcyclist was taken to St. Francis Hospital for her injuries.

“There's a lot of road rage in this area, especially with all the construction and the traffic,” said Trooper Brooke Bova with Washington State Patrol. “It's pretty bizarre to have it end in such a horrible way as this."

No word yet if the motorcyclist will face any charges. The official report from the State Patrol said drugs or alcohol were not involved.

Two left lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked at 138th Street for more than three hours, which created long backups. All lanes were reopened just before 8:30 p.m.

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